Saturday, April 30, 2011

The best Lemon Meringue Pie

I've lost count of how many times I have made this lovely pie, is simply one of my favourites!!. The ones you buy at the grocery store can't compare to the home made ones, don't you think? especially when you've tried this one in particular! HA!....after you've tried this recipe, your life won't be the same.

Seriously, please take note, the recipe is HERE. This is my second post about the lemon meringue pie and I promise it will be the last one hehehehe. I have to say, the more you make this recipe, the better the results!.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Salmon and Broccoli Lattice Tart....yum!

I love to try new recipes and I'm always looking for them, I have copied recipes from many sites and they're never as good as the ones I get from "BBC Good Food" magazine (or their website!). ALL the recipes in the magazine are fantastic (trust me), the ones you find on the website have very useful reviews that help you to select.
Today I went to the local store with my son to get some chocolate, I got a little net bag full of chocolate bunnies, I was ready to go, but when I turned around I saw the magazine section and my eyes got stuck on my favourite magazine....have you guessed which one? .... the cake on the cover looks sooooooooo delicious I couldn't leave the shop without it!

I took a good look and OMG....this magazine is full of mouth-watering recipes!. I always go for the sweet things but I found the following recipe a "must" for dinner tonight....

What do you think???.....and this was the result!:

Not as perfect as the one on the mag, but soooooooooooo incredibly tasty....

The watercress mixed with the creme fraiche makes a difference....YUMMY!
I'll have to post the recipe, I can't just show the pictures, especially if you don't live in the UK and can't get the here we go:


-100g (4oz) broccoli, cut into florets
-85g (3oz) watercress, chopped
-4 tbsp half-fat creme fraiche
-435 g pack ready-rolled puff pastry sheets
-1 egg, beaten
-170g pack poached salmon fillets, flaked
-steamed green beens, to serve

1. Cook the broccoli in lots ofboiling water until tender. Drain and rinse in cold water until cool. Drain well and set aside. In a mini chopper or food processor, blitz the watercress and creme fraiche with some seasoning.

2. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas6.
Unroll the pastry sheets. Place one on a baking sheet, cut out a 2cm-wide border from the second sheet, like a picture frame, and stick this onto the first sheet with some of the beaten egg. Prick the base all over with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes until golden.

3. Cut the remaining pastry into 2cm wide strips. Spread on the creme fraiche, scatter with the flaked salmon, broccoli and seasoning, and top with the strips of pastry to make a lattice.

4. Brush with beaten egg and cook for 20-25 minutes until pastry is golden and cooked through and the filling is hot.
Serve with green beans (we had it with green salad).


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter! - Banana cake with choc chips

It's been quite a long time since my last post....I have made some cakes in between but didn't take pics due to bad light!.
It was my son's 3rd birthday in February, I made a lovely cake but I was sick and I didn't have the energy to it was a very simple decoration, will post it later one :-)
Easter is my favourite holiday of the year, mainly because its the beginning of Spring time, my favourite season!. Quite simbolic as well, marking the beginning of different aspects of life, a rebirth if you want.
This time I improvised a cake and it turned out delicious!. I made a banana cake and added some chocolate chips....yum!!
I covered the cake with Betty Crocker's ready vanilla icing that I dyed pale yellow, I used dried coconut (dyed pale green) and finished the decoration with mini eggs and a rabbit silhouette made with card.
The cake went down a storm! so I'll definitely make another one and will change the decoration.

Here's the recipe:

-2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-3/4 cup of butter (softened)
-1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
-2 ripe bananas (mashed)
-3/4 cup sour cream (or full fat natural yoghurt)

1. Preheat oven 180 C
2. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
3.In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
4. Add eggs, vanilla and banana (to mixture on step 2) mix well. Add flour mixture alternately with sour cream (or yoghurt); blend thoroughly but do not overmix.
5. Add chocolate chips or chopped walnuts (both delicious!) and mix with a big spoon.
Pour into a prepared tin (you can line just the base)
Bake for about 35-45 minutes, or until wooden skewer inserted comes out clean (top of the cake will be golden in color).
Cool for 30 minutes in the tin; remove and cool completely before decorating.

If you don't have time to dcorate, sprinkle icing sugar on top.

Enjoy as much as we did!!!
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